Am I ready to buy a home?

Are you thinking about buying a home? Being a homeowner offers a lot of advantages, which is why so many people want to do it. But there are factors you need to consider before you take the plunge. Knowing that you are well-prepared will make buying a home a better experience—and a sound financial decision.

Tips for Determining if You Are Ready to Buy a Home

1. Check your finances.

Not everyone is in a financial position to buy a home. Without a decent credit score, for instance, you will struggle to get a lender to give you a mortgage. There are a variety of factors you need to consider, including your debt to income ratio (DTI). It may make more sense to wait and work on your credit, for instance, before you try to get a loan, so you can get a better rate.

2. Decide if you are staying in one place for a while.

The Kennewick, WA, real estate market is ideal for prospective new homeowners, but you need to know you will be around for a while before you buy. Typically, you want to live in the home for at least 5 years to justify purchasing it.

3. Be sure the home fits your lifestyle.

You have a lifestyle that makes you happy. You need a home that fits that lifestyle—not one that will require too many sacrifices and lead to unhappiness. For example, settling on a condo would let you stay close to the city. A single-family home might be more affordable in the suburbs. Decide what home fits your needs.

Let us help you figure out if you are ready to buy a home. Contact our team at Retter & Company to speak to an experienced real estate agent about your options.